Thursday, 16 September 2021

Local charities benefit from Henley Show events

THE organisers of the Henley Show made a surplus of £7,000 from events last year

THE organisers of the Henley Show made a surplus of £7,000 from events last year.

The news was revealed at the annual meeting of the Henley and District Agricultural Association, held at Hambleden village hall.

The events included the show in September, the sheepdog trial in July and the ploughing match in October.

The surplus compares with £20,000 made in 2014 and an £8,000 loss in 2013.

Of last year’s total, £5,000 was split between five charities — Greenshoots in Peppard, Henley Young Farmers, Henley Riding for the Disabled, Wyfold Riding for the Disabled and the Farming Community Network.

At the meeting, Richard Ovey succeeded Barrie Haigh as president for the show’s 125th anniversary year.

Mr Ovey said: “I am very honoured and pleased to be asked to president in the 125th anniversary year.

“My intention for this year is to bring to the fore the fact that less is being done to keep the countryside clear of rubbish — verges are cut less often. We have got to look very carefully at keeping the country tidy.

“Lady Brunner at Greys Court was chairman of the Women’s Institute after the Festival of Britain in 1951 and introduced Keep Britain Tidy.

“Farmers are doing a pretty good job of keeping the countryside clean. That is my project this year.”

Mr Haigh said: “It was a great honour to be involved with the association and to serve. I had a wonderful time.

“I would like to see more for children at the show moving forward. It has been a privilege to be involved and thank you to all who have supported me throughout my year as president.”

Andrew Ingram, the association’s chairman, described 2015 as a “wonderful” year.

He said: “The weather at all three events worked in our favour. We had a great show and in the opinion of many of our visitors this was one of the best ever.”

Mr Ingram thanked committee members, sponsors, patrons and Urs and Francesca Schwarzenbach for the use of their land for both the show and the sheepdog trial and Lord and Lady Phillimore for the use of their land for the ploughing match.

He also thanked Jo Taylor, association and show manager, for her hard work over the past year and her daughter Amelia Kennedy.

This year’s show will take place on Saturday, September 10. All children under 16 will be allowed in free with a ticket-holder.

The ploughing match will be held at Frizers Farm on October 2 and will include a companion dog show for the first time. The sheepdog trial will take place on July 24.

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